Ex-Gay Evangelical Admits “You Can’t Pray Away the Gay”
For decades, John Smid had been the leader of Love in Action, the infamous “ex-gay” ministry that took away the underwear of clients if the undergarments appeared too gay. The strict Memphis-based ministry also used an egg timer in the bathroom to make sure its clients would not masturbate while showering.
Of all the “ex-gay” ministries this was the most cult-like – with Smid keeping tight control over the social lives of his clients, who paid a pretty penny to live in the residential program.
In a stunning admissionthis week, Smid said that altering one’s attractions are highly improbable – indeed so unlikely that he claims that he has not met a single man who truly prayed away the gay. According to Smid:
Yes, there are homosexuals that make dramatic changes in their lives as they walk through the transformation process with Jesus. I have heard story after story of changes that have occurred as men and women find the grace of God in their lives as homosexual people. But, I’m sorry, this transformation process may not meet the expectations of many Christians. I also want to reiterate here that the transformation for the vast majority of homosexuals will not include a change of sexual orientation. Actually I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual.
- Former Ex-Gay Leader John Smid Never Met An Ex-Gay In His Life (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Wayne Besen: ‘Ex-Gay’ Activist John Smid’s Stunning Admission (yubanet.com)
- “Love in Action”: Ex-ex-gay John Smid’s Journey of Grace to Coming Out (queeringthechurch.com)
- End of the Ex-Gay Movement? (thedailybeast.com)